August 20 Celebrity Birthdays

There are three birthdays today that I thought were pretty worthy to write a post about. Amy Adams turned 38, Andrew Garfield turned 29, and Jonathan Ke Quan turned 41. I’ll start by explaining the accomplishments of Ke Quan, because you might be wondering just who he is. Don’t worry if you don’t though,  I wouldn’t know him by his actual name either.

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                                            Jonathan Ke Quan

“Okey dokey, Dr. Jones,” or “Hold on to your potatoes,” would be the catch phrase for this little guy, you guys probably know Ke Quan best for his portrayal as Short Round in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (and I still have to see the Indy films); or as Data in The Goonies, practically the little Vietnamese James Bond.

 Well, that’s all I have to say about this child star.

 

Amy Adams Picture

Amy Adams

Amy Adams is was born in Italy and just turned 38 today. She is possibly best known to the young audience for her starring roles in Enchanted and The Muppets. She can be both a great dramatic presence (like in The Fighter) and a charismatic one, like as the innocent young aspiring nurse (at least I think that was her role) in Catch Me If You Can. Adams has been nominated for three Academy Awards: all Best Suppourting Actress nominations for the films JunebugDoubt and The Fighter. I admire Adams because she’s just not another pretty face, but also a great screen presence and talent; and she is one actress destined for an Oscar sometime soon, maybe her role in The Master will be a winner for her. 

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Andrew Garfield

 Garfield was born in L.A., but moved back to England when he was three years old and grew up there. He just turned 29 today. He is best known for his role as Spider-Man in the super hero reboot, The Amazing Spider-Man. He’s also well known for his role in The Social Network as Eduardo, *KIND OF SPOILER ALERT* the friend turned enemy. He’s a bit of a newcomer to starring roles in Hollywood (with the 2007 exception of Boy A), and he has a promising career ahead of him.

 Happy birthday, guys!

Edward Norton turned 43 yesterday

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Edward Norton turned 43 yesterday, I know I’m late but he’s one of my favourite actors and I think he should get a birthday shout-out.

 You can catch Norton in theatres in the movie The Bourne Legacy or Moonrise Kingdom. He also plays in such movies as The Illusionist, where he plays magician in late nineteenth century Vienna; 25th HourThe Italian Job, a Hannibal Lecter film Red Dragon, and the pretty bad Death to Smoochy.

 He often plays characters that are usually very intelligent, but have troubled sides to them, like the films American History X where he plays a former neo-nazi skinhead, Fight Club and especially when he portrayed The Hulk in The Incredible Hulk

 Norton has been nominated for two Oscars, for Best Actor in a Leading Role for his work in American History X, and Best Actor in a Suppourting Role for his work in Primal Fear.

 Happy late birthday, Norton.

So which famous figures were born on August 17?

A few big stars were born on this day: Robert De Niro (69 — Ha!), and Sean Penn (52).

Some of De Niro’s best known films are HeatCasinoGoodfellas or Taxi Driver (which I haven’t, ashamedly, seen any of them, I own the first three but I just have to find the time), and he’s pretty well known for his comedic roles in Meet the ParentsMeet the Fockers and the not-so-good third entry, Little Fockers. He is both a great drama actor and comedy actor. De Niro has won two Academy Awards for Best Actor in Raging Bull and Best Suppourting Actor for his work in The Godfather Part II. And he has four other nominations to his name. Robert De Niro is one actor that I respect, love to watch work and would love to see a lot more of his films. I haven’t been into old classics and stuff for a long time, so I really would like to watch some of his best flicks.

 Some of Penn’s best known films are Mystic River21 Grams, and Milk. Damn. Another actor’s best known flicks that I haven’t seen any of. I guess I have a lot of time to see these classics, I am only seventeen years old. Penn won the Best Actor Oscars for Mystic River and Milk. And he’s also been nominated for three other Best Actor Oscars. I’ve seen him in Fast Times at Ridgemont High and in the Fincher thriller The Game, which I enjoyed him in both.                            Although I haven’t seen a lot of Penn’s films (similar to De Niro) a lot his flicks are on my watchlist.

(On a side note unrelated to their birthdays) I’m an aspiring movie buff, I say aspiring because I haven’t seen a lot of classics. Crap. I need to work on that. But I am going to watch Jaws (it’ll be like a new experience as I saw it like seven years ago) and Deliverance tonight. So, I’m pretty excited for those thrilling experiences.

Happy birthday comedy actor Steve Carell (50) and legendary director James Cameron (58)!

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Comedy actor, Steve Carell, surprisingly (at least to me) turned 50 today. Why not celebrate by going to see his romantic comedy film Hope Springs in theatres? He portrays a marriage counsellor who tries to help the characters of Tommy Lee Jones and Meryl Streep fix their, well, marriage.

 Or watch some of his comedy gems like The 40 Year Old Virgin; play a suppourting character in Will Ferrell’s Anchorman; watch him in the star-studded 2011 romantic comedy Crazy, Stupid, Love alongside Ryan Gosling and Julianne Moore; or view his voice talents as Gru in the family animated comedy Despicable Me; or maybe watch him in the earlier eight seasons on The Office as Michael Scott.

 He’s usually very funny to watch .

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If you’re not a comedy lover, watch one great Ontario native (James Cameron) direct, and often write, some incredible films like:  1984’s action flick The Terminator (which I watched a long time ago and will have to rewatch it), 1991’s Terminator 2: Judgement Day; 2009’s great action flick Avatar; sci-fi greats like 1986’s Aliens or 1989’s The Abyss (but I haven’t seen either Aliens or The Abyss, unfortunately, but I have heard good things about them) or 1997’s romantic epic, Titanic, that won eleven Oscars including Best Picture.

 Though, maybe your Cameron worship should take place on the weekend as his films can be quite lengthy.